COTE Lecture Series: Forest Stewardship Council - FSC Certified Wood in Green Building

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June 9, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Brought to you by the Committee On The Environment

AIA Houston COTE Committee Web Series


VIRTUAL WEBINAR: Forest Stewardship Council: FSC Certified Wood in Green Building

Speaker: Brad Kahn, Communications Director, FSC US

DATE: Thursday, June 9, Noon - 1:00pm


  • AIA Member or AIA Assoc Member - $10
  • AIAH Affiliate Member - $10
  • Non-Member - $25

Registration is required.  Instructions will be emailed to all registrants beginning June 6

A minimum of 3 days’ notice is required to receive a full refund if you need to cancel your reservation.



About this course:

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification has been one of the leading drivers of global forest conservation for nearly 25 years, and the green building movement is a cornerstone of its success. The US Green Building Council's LEED rating system and the designers, specifiers and builders who apply LEED standards play a critical role. Installing FSC-certified products to meet LEED requirements affords users the opportunity to reward and promote forest conservation. Other FSC market drivers, such as Living Building Challenge, regional green building programs, and high volume purchasing by major retailers all work together to expand the demand for responsibly-sourced forest products and make finding FSC building products easier. Through this course, you will learn why FSC products are a crucial conservation tool, how they integrate with broader green building standards, and how to identify, procure and properly document them to earn credit in green building programs.

Learning Objectives:

• Provide an overview of Forest Stewardship Council certification, including how it differs from common practice in the United States.
• Address opportunities to use FSC-certified products in major green building programs, including LEED and the Living Building Challenge.
• Define climate-smart forestry and forest products in terms of carbon storage and resilience.
• Introduce trends in wood construction as a solution to climate change, including mass timber and increasing interest in supply chain transparency.


About the speaker:

Brad Kahn joined Forest Stewardship Council US as communications director in 2010, where he manages organizational communications and outreach. From the media relations and policy translation to green building and research focused on the forest carbon benefits of FSC practices, Brad helps communicate FSC’s impacts to a wide array of audiences. For the past 20 years Brad has worked in communications, serving nonprofit organizations focused on environmental issues. He has a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in economics from Brown.



Per AIA National CE Standards, any learning program approved for AIA Learning Units may award CE credit for the approved program for up to (3) years from the date of approval so long as the CES Provider is in good standing. AIA Members may repeat the same course, but no additional credit will be granted or recorded.